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wistful

adjective uk   /ˈwɪst.fəl/ us  
sad and thinking about something that is impossible or in the past: a wistful smile I thought about those days in Spain and grew wistful.
wistfully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
"I would love to go back to Venice," he said wistfully.
wistfulness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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